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Educational Overview of an Arc Welding Technician

Arc welding is a type of welding that uses a welding power supply to create an electric arc between an electrode and the base material to melt the metals at the welding point. Securing metal structures falls on the hands of the arc-welding technician. They are also known simply as welders.

Aspiring welding technicians can enroll in any of the related courses that are offered at any community colleges as well as technical training schools. Students enrolled in the program are taught the basics of welding, its applications as well as its importance. Students will acquire welding skills by way of formal education that will result in an associate degree or a certification. After completing the requirements of the welding technician program, students can get their certification from the American Welding Society.

Welding technician certificate programs tackles a specialized type of arc welding while the associate degree program touches on welding technology as a whole as well as instruction on some specific types of arc welding. Subjects cover topics from non-ferrous metals to flux-cored arc welding and blueprint reading to fabrication. Students are also given hands-on training so that they can apply what they have learned. After completing the program requirements, students are then ready to take the certification exams.

The American Welding Society issues certifications before a welding technician can be hired. Certification as welders as well as for a specific skill and level are also required. For more advanced training and certification, skilled welders can take up the Certification Program for Robotic Arc Welding or the Certified Welder program.